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An exciting new festival is making its way to London. Totally Thames is a month-long celebration of the countries most famous and vital river, and has fun activities line up along its entire forty-two-mile course. These include talks, exhibitions, cruises, walks, and much more. The events are divided into four zones, so you can easily find out what is happening near you.

Zone 1

Hampton Court to Kew

What: Richmond Panorama Cycle Tour
When: Every Tuesday in September
Where: Richmond Station, Kew Road, Richmond Upon Thames, London, TW9 2AZ.
How Much: Adults 55, Seniors 50, Students ID 35, Child 12-16 25 (includes bike hire. Deduct 15 if you have your own bike)

What: Richmond & Boat to Kingston upon Thames
When: 18th September
Where: Richmond Station, Kew Road, Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9 2AZ
How Much: Adults 20, Seniors & Students 18, Child 10

What: The River Weekender
When: 19th - 21st September
Where: Watermans Arts Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS
How Much: Outdoor cinema - 8.50 / 7 concession, Kids cinema - 7.50, adult goes free​, Tea Dance for Little People workshop - 5, Children's theatre - 6.50 / 5.50 concession

What: Richmond Running Festival
When: 21st September
Where: Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
How Much: Kew Gardens 10K - 29 , NIKE Kids' Mile - 5.

What: TideFest
When: 28th September
Where: Strand-On-The-Green, Thames Rd, London. W4 3NG
How Much: Free - 5

What Else: Other activities include walks, The Great River Race, and Handel's Fireworks Music and Illumination.

Zone 2

Kew to Battersea

What: Fire Garden by Carbosse
When: 5th & 6th September
Where: Battersea Power Station
How Much: Free by ballot or queuing

What: Maggie's Culture Crawl
When: 19th & 20th September
Where: Victoria Embankment Gardens, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, WC2N 6PB
How Much: 40 registration, 200 fundraising

What: You Cannot Step Twice in the Same River
When: 4th September - 12th October
Where: Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
How Much: Free

What: Open Putney Fun Day
When: 7th September
Where: Putney Embankment, Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1LB
How Much: Free

What: Introduction to Wildlife Photography
When: 12th September
Where: Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
How Much: 55

What Else: Other activities include a jazz night, summer fair, and archaeological walks, and novice regatta.

Zone 3

Battersea to Tower Bridge

What: Barge Driving Races
When: 14th September
Where: Between Tower Bridge and Waterloo Bridge
How Much: Free

What: Rivers of the World
When: Until 14th September
Where: London Studios, Tate Modern, and Tower Bridge
How Much: Free

What: Thames: Dark River, Still Shining
When: Until 28th September
Where: Embassy Tea Gallery & MPA Gallery
How Much: Free

What: More London Free Film Festival
When: 3rd - 26th September
Where: The Scoop At More London, More London Riverside, London, SE1 2DB
How Much: Free

What: The Thames SENSEation
When: 6th & 7th
Where: Victoria Embankment Gardens, London, WC2N 6PB
How Much: Free

What Else: Other activities include Books About Town, talks, and a blackout dinner.

Zone 4

Tower Bridge to Erith

What: The Boy Who Climbed out of his Face
When: Until the 18th September
Where: The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich
How Much: 10

What: Totally Thames Blast
When: Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in September
Where: Tower Bridge
How Much: Adult - 22, Child - 12

What: Floating Cinema
When: 10th - 14th September
Where:St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA
How Much: Free bookings

What: Over Time
When: 13th & 14th September
Where: Thames Path, Enderby's Wharf to Cutty Sark pub, SE10 0AG
How Much: Free

What: Maritime Show and Tell
When: 20th September
Where: Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 3HT
How Much: Free

What Else: Other activities include the Tall Ships Festival, a river cruise, and storytelling.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 1st - 30th Sept
Where: Along the Thames
Cost: Free - 55
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